The hotel seems secluded even though it's right in the centre of Ponza with busy streets either side. The grounds are small but tastefully planted and maintained, with driftwood sculptures and garden chairs. It's only 10 minutes' walk from the ferry terminal but they run a shuttle to and from it, which is convenient if you have heavy luggage or are saving your energy for sightseeing.
My double room for single use was spotlessly clean and pleasingly furnished in Mediterranean style. Not cheap at EUR180 but this is a popular vacation spot for Italians and it was still high season.
I found all the staff I encountered: driver, receptionists, waiters, pool staff, gardener and manager - invariably smiling and helpful.
The two swimming pools really count as one to me as they're small, and right next to each other so children have fun jumping from one into the other. Still, they're salt water and large enough to swim a few lengths when there aren't too many small people around! Which was mostly the case in the mornings (the pool opens at 10 am).
Breakfast, Italian style, is mostly pastries, but there are some cereals, fruit, yogurt, as well as boiled eggs and ham and cheese for those who need their protein. Boring, but adequate.
I didn't try the main restaurant, but had excellent sushi at the pool bar.
The hotel will organise excursions and make dinner reservations if asked. In summer there are loud parties starting at 6.30 pm in the pool area and my heart sank when I first realised the fact, but fortunately I didn't hear a sound from inside.
I'm going back next week! Couldn't wait till the next season opens in May...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Grand Hotel Santa Domitilla, one of the most prestigious hotels on the island of Ponza and the whole Mediterranean coastline.Our elegant and refined common areas have a cool Mediterranean décor and our splendid gardens with their abundance of Mediterranean and exotic plants are surrounded by typical Ponza-style terraces.Two seawater swimming pools are hidden behind a mass of purple bougainvillea, and our fabulous Wellbeing Course winds between lemon trees and fox grapes to the picturesque Roman Grottos with their different temperatures (from 19 to 37°C), numerous hydromassage jets, and the exquisite Arabic style and chromo-therapeutic lighting of the Turkish Bath. Then there is the prestigious restaurant and wine bar, “Il Melograno”, that offers gastronomic delights in wisteria draped bowers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grande Hotel Ponza